Antigua and BarbudaOngoing
CATEGORY 5-rated Hurricane Maria is passing through a swathe of Caribbean islands, many of which had already been severely damaged by Hurricane Irma. The storm, with wind speeds of 160 mph (260 kmh) has made landfall in Dominica, and is threatening catastrophic damage and storm surges in its wake. At present, the track of the storm means that the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the Turks and Caicos islands are most at risk.
• Islands that suffered extensive damage to infrastructure continue to have challenges restoring access to electricity and clean water
• As some people continue to be in shelters one week after the passage of Hurricane Irma, continued access to clean water and good sanitary conditions is critical
• In Cuba, 13 of the 15 provinces were affected by the hurricane with 14 municipalities have been identified as heavily affected and 6 municipalities as in critical condition. Two hospitals in Havana were evacuated.
Islands that suffered extensive damage to infrastructure continue to have challenges restoring electricity and clean water which is further complicated by logistical challenges.
As some people continue to be in shelters more than a week after the passage of Hurricane Irma, there is need to continue access to clean water and improve sanitary conditions at the shelters.
In Cuba, two hospitals in Havana were evacuated and latest reports indicate that 516 hospitals and policlinics have been damaged.
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SVG TO DELIVER CRITICAL EMERGENCY SUPPLIES TO THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS IN THE AFTERMATH OF HURRICANE IRMA.
A vessel will leave Port Kingstown, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on Friday, Sep. 15, to take food and emergency supplies to the British Virgin Islands.
On the way it will stop in Saint Lucia. Persons interested in sending supplies to their families and friends are asked to drop them off at the NEMO headquarters in Saint Lucia with proper labelling by 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sep. 14.
Tropical Storm Gonzalo continues to strengthen as it moves across the Northern Leeward Islands. At 2.00 pm today, October 13, 2014 Tropical Storm Warnings remain in effect for Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat and St Kitts/Nevis. A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the British Virgin Islands and a Hurricane Watch for Anguilla.
Source: Reuters - Tue, 14 Oct 2014 01:18 GMT
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Oct 13 (Reuters) - Hurricane Gonzalo strengthened as it churned through the Caribbean on Monday headed for the British Virgin Islands, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
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Government of BVI (GIS), BVI, October 29th, 2012 - The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) in collaboration with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) Coordinating Unit, with financial support from the Enhancing Resilience to Reduce Vulnerability in the Caribbean Region (ERC) Project is hosting a stakeholders meeting to discuss the data needs for the DEWETRA Platform and how it can be used within the Caribbean context.
Tuesday, May 22 - The United Nations Development Programme for Barbados and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), through its Regional Risk Reductive Initiative (R3i), is hosting a three-day capacity building workshop to train participants in the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for disaster management, land use planning and development.
GIS Officers Kahrim Skelton of the Town and Country Planning Department and Dillon Robin from the Water and Sewerage Department are participating in the workshop which commenced on Monday in the Cayman Islands.
Monday, January 30 – Key governmental stakeholders met at the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) on Friday 27th January, 2012, to assist in the design of a Harmonised Protocol to integrate Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) into the national emergency management services of OECS states.
At 2:00pm EDT today, Wed October 15, 2008, Hurricane Omar is strengthening over the north eastern Caribbean Sea and is expected to move through the Northern Leeward Islands late tonight and early Thursday. A Hurricane Warning was issued for Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands. A Hurricane Watch is now in effect for St. Kitts and Nevis. A Tropical Storm Warning has also been issued for Antigua and Barbuda and Montserrat.
A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected within the warning area within 24 hours.